And these two aren’t even in the top ten of this crazy list!

From Dick Butkus to Hootie and the Blowfish to Lake Titicaca, bad names have been with us forever. But thanks to the inevitable collision of reclusive nerds, bizarre artists and painfully unhip marketing execs, the video game industry enjoys some of the worst names of all.

The following list was compiled after hours of lively debate, pages of exhausting science and one actual geek fistfight. During this laborious process, we decided to set up a few basic rules:

* All games must have been wide releases for legitimate, popular platforms.
* We tried to avoid games heavy on the Engrish. Translation errors are just too easy.
* So are educational games and porn.

We should also point out that this list in no way indicates the quality of the game itself, merely the quality of its awful title. And we know that some of you will claim that you once played a game in a Korean arcade called “Diarrhea Coughdrop” or something and that it deserves a spot on the list. Cool. Go make one.

After all, Wii did. Let the names begin!



  1. Eric Phillips says:

    Jumpman? That’s a fine title from the olden days. I remember playing hours and hours of Jumpman Jr. on my Atari 800 (decked out with 48k of memory and a 5.25″ floppy, and a screaming 300bps modem! Yeehaw!!!). Never once did I think th ename was odd. Not like Dandy, a great game from the Atari Proram Exchange. Dandy? WTF?

    Just reminds me that kids these days have it all handed to them. Near photoreal 3d graphics. When I was a kid we would play Adventure on the Atari 2600. Our hero, a knight, was a dot. Just a square dot. We really had to use our imagnation then!


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